Grand Canyon National Park reopens to tourists
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Grand Canyon is welcoming tourists back after Arizona struck a deal with the federal government to reopen the national park.
Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga (oo-bur-AH'-guh) says crews began removing closure signs, opening restrooms and restocking at 4 a.m. Saturday. The first gate opened just before 6 a.m.
Arizona is paying the National Park Service $651,000 to keep the Grand Canyon open for seven days. The funding includes cash from the state Office of Tourism, the town of Tusayan (too-say-ahn), and private businesses.
Uberuaga says he's hopeful that Congress will reach a deal on the federal budget before the agreement with Arizona expires.
Gov. Jan Brewer is traveling to the canyon's South Rim to celebrate the reopening. She'll be joined in a news conference by Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan.
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